12 day tour
Trekking in India
- 3 days trekking in the foothills of the Himalaya
- Stay in village homes and experience Himalayan rural life
- Stay in Rishikesh, the world capital of yoga
This Trekking in India trip takes you to the beautiful foothills of the Himalaya. You’ll visit the holy town of Rishikesh, which lies along the Ganga river and at the base of the Himalaya and is the world capital of yoga. Visit ashrams and yogis and experience a Hindu aarti ceremony at night. You’ll spend a few days in Goat Village Nag Tibba and experience first-hand daily Himalayan rural life. The village is the base for a trek to Nag Tibba Peak from which you get a spectacular view of the snowcapped Himalaya. From Goat Village you’ll trek to two other Himalayan villages through beautiful landscapes.
12 day tour of India:
Route: Delhi – Rishikesh – Goat Village – Nigyana – Mogi – Delhi
Day 1 – Start of your Trekking in India trip – Arrival in Delhi
Your Trekking in India trip starts in Delhi. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel in Delhi. Depending on your arrival time, we will take you for a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi today. You’ll visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque of India with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. Enjoy a rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk, winding through the labyrinthine lanes, glimpsing tiny shops crammed with spices and trinkets. Drive past the 17th-century Red Fort which symbolizes the sovereignty of India. Finally stop at Raj Ghat, the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi. Drive past government buildings and India Gate, the 42m-high free-standing arch, built in 1931 and dedicated to 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in World War I.
Day 2 – Delhi sightseeing
In the early morning, you can also choose to do an optional cycle tour of Old Delhi. The tour takes you through the nooks and corners of the walled city as it slowly wakes up. Ride your bicycle through bazaars and narrow lanes, bypass temples and places of worship, see the old colonial buildings and witness the city come to life. Your tour ends with a traditional Indian breakfast at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will take you on a walk around Mehrauli Village and the Qutub archeological complex (approx. 3 hours). You’ll walk through the Mehrauli village which has witnessed the transformation of Delhi from a bunch of sleepy villages to a capital city over the centuries. The village itself has grown with shops, markets and residences cropping up in all corners. You’ll then walk further to the Qutub archeological complex which has a 4th-century iron pillar, a UNESCO listed Qutub Minar brick minaret and many other heritage buildings.
Day 3 – Delhi to Rishikesh via Haridwar
In the early morning, we will bring you to the New Delhi railway station to board the train for Haridwar (air-conditioned Chair Class Shatabdi Express: Departure Delhi: 06.50 hrs /Arrival Haridwar 11.25 hrs). Upon arrival in Haridwar a driver and guide will be waiting for you. Your guide will show you the Ghats of Haridwar and take you on a walk through the local market, before going to Rishikesh (about 1.5 hour drive). You can eat lunch at the famous Chotiwala restaurant. The rest of the afternoon you are free to explore Rishikesh. Surrounded by the Shivalik range of the Himalayas on three sides, Risikesh is a spiritual town on the banks of river Ganga. It is the world capital of yoga and meditation, and has been the place of meditation for sages and ascetics since ancient times.
Day 4 – Rishikesh
In the early morning, you can do a special yoga session with an expert on the banks of the holy Ganga (optional), the ideal serene setting to learn this ancient art of life. Later in the morning, your guide will walk with you around Rishikesh. You’ll visit ashrams and interact with yogis to learn more about the practice of yoga. In the evening, you can witness the aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges. Everyday hundreds of devotees participate in this aarti and on occasions, such as full moon or a festival, the numbers swell to thousands. The golden hues of floral diyas (offerings) and lights reflected in the river Ganga present a spectacular view.
Day 5 – Rishikesh to Goat Village Nag Tibba (2000m)
After breakfast, you’ll drive to Laser Gaon (145 km, 05 hrs drive). The road journey takes you via Mussoorie, Kempty falls, over Yamuna Bridge and up to Nainbagh. You will have lunch en route at a local restaurant. From Laser Gaon, a moderately uphill walk through village areas takes you to Goat Village (2.3 km, 1.5 hrs). The Goat Village Nag Tibba is a traditional village in the hills of Garhwal, which is only accessible by walking. The cottages have been built using ‘Koti Banal’ – a 1,000-year old architectural technique, indigenous to Garhwal Himalayas. The neat Garhwali cottages are ideal for travellers wishing to experience the local way of life. They are cosy and beautifully done up by local artisans. Local delicacies from the Garhwali kitchen are offered during meals. All the produce used for cooking purposes is sourced locally. The Goat Village is a group of farm retreats and homestays managed by The Green People – a community working towards economic development of rural India. One of the ways they do this is by developing rural tourism. Staying at the Goat Village will give you a first-hand experience of rural Indian life, while contributing to the livelihood of the family. The village is not connected to electricity and common/dining areas and the kitchen are lit up using solar energy. The rest of the space is lit up with candles and kerosene lamps. Solar lamps are provided during the nights. Hot water can be provided in buckets from a common, renewable resource.
Day 6 & 7 – Goat Village Nag Tibba
Enjoy today at the Goat Village Nag Tibba – spend the day meeting with local farmers and their families to understand their way of life, their culture, religious practices and their challenges. You could try your hand at milking the goats or assisting with the farming activities of the day. You can also join in cooking the meal of the day. In the late afternoon, enjoy a nice sunset view over the hills with a cup of local chai.
Day 8 – Goat Village – Nag Tibba Peak (8 km – moderate 6 hrs walk)
In the early morning, you’ll set off for a hike to Nag Tibba Peak (3022m). The route is mostly gradual with some small sections of steep ascent in between, going through beautiful forest area. Nag Tibba Base is a large clearing with a temple dedicated to the serpent god. There are terrific views of the Himalayan ranges of Swargrohini, Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, Srikanta, and Gangotri. In the evening, you can participate with the villagers in their traditional dance.
Day 9 – Goat Village – Nigyana Village (1370m) (6 km – easy 4-5 hr walk)
In the morning, you’ll walk through a cluster of villages and terraced farms to reach Nigyana Village, a charming little Himalayan village set by a gurgling stream. Upon arrival in Nigyana, you’ll meet with your host villagers and learn about the village life. You’ll stay in a simple village home for the night.
Day 10 – Nigyana Village (1370m) – Mogi Village (1430m) (6 km – 5-6 hr moderate walk)
A trek through terraced fields takes you to Mogi Village. Upon arrival in Mogi, you’ll meet with your host family. Spend time chatting and learning local cooking skills. In the evening, a community dinner with the village people along with a cultural show is organised.
Day 11 – Mogi Village (1430m) – Dehradun & Dehradun; train to Delhi
Late in the morning, you’ll drive to Dehradun railway station to board the train for Delhi (110-km, approx. 3 hrs drive; Train: air-conditioned Chair Class Dehradun Shatabdi Express: Departure Dehradun 17.00 /Arrival Delhi 22.45 hrs). Upon arrival, a driver will be waiting for you for your transfer to your hotel.
Day 12 – End of your Trekking in India trip – transfer to Delhi airport
Your Trekking in India trip comes to an end today. You will have a transfer to Delhi airport to board your return flight back home.